It was not too long ago that people were speculating that Via was going to be out of the game. But they are still fighting and have now put out their own triple play in the SFF and Nettop/Book market.
This new release is called Trinity and is a combination of CPU, Media Processor and S3 Discrete GPU. Together these items offer Hi-Def Video, Blu-Ray, and DX 10.1.
What this means is that you can now get full Vista support from SFF, Note/Netbooks and even embedded devices.
Read the full Press Release here.
VIA's focus on power efficiency at the silicon level has enabled the integration of all chipset core logic, memory control, IGP, peripheral and networking connectivity, and multimedia functionality into a single-chip solution, such as the VIA VX800 media system processor, allowing for the addition of a discrete graphics accelerator without blowing the space or power budget. This enables OEMs to offer systems with superior computing, 3D graphics and HD video performance over current nettops, netbooks and embedded devices.
"With Mini-ITX 2.0, we declared that small form factor meant no compromise on essential technologies or performance. The VIA Trinity platform is a natural extension of that philosophy for ultra compact systems," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "This platform leverages VIA's long-standing expertise in shrinking the form factor to deliver a truly high definition experience in small devices, perfect for a variety of lifestyles and applications."